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What if Shenmue Was Made Like Mega Man?

Shenmue, the apple of many a gamers eye as evidenced by that recent Kickstarter campaign, is getting quite a bit of press lately (look at our coverage for example).  This is just how it goes though, the more people clicking, reading and sharing content just makes producers create more content in that vein.  Peter Sjöstrand of Youtube fame has taken on a challenge that is rather interesting.  What if Shenmue was made like Mega Man?  We find out below.

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5 New Ways to go to Hell with Doom

Doom is an iconic game, one that arguably kept PC gaming alive in the early to mid 90’s as the previous mainstay (point and click adventures) started finding their ilk was no longer wanted by gamers. Sales were slumping in most genres as consoles such as the Super Nintendo really started kicking butt and the looming release of new, more powerful consoles such as the Playstation just made being a 100% PC gamer quite a bit harder than it was in the 80’s. Then Doom was released in late 1993 and all of a sudden PC gaming was cool again, beyond cool actually (you weren’t getting this on consoles for a while and nothing compared at its release). Thanks to id Software releasing the source code, and having a really lax legal department, id Software has allowed countless homebrew developers to take a crack at porting, modding and updating Doom in new and interesting ways. We are going to take a look at five new places you can battle the demons of Hell in Doom, some are “out there” in a big way.
#1- The Nintendo Entertainment System


A lot of people are calling this one fake, it does look pretty good for a Nintendo Entertainment System title (i.e., the scaling is pretty damn smooth). There are other telltale signs that this is not a fake though, such as the lack of animation on the demon dying or the barrel explosion. According to the title of the video this is being updated so we may actually see it released one day, either as a real NES title or as a PC game. Until then, we are going with this being a NES release.

#2- E-ink Screen PocketBook 360 Plus Tablet


E-ink screens are not known for their fast updating of the contents on the screen and that is true of the PocketBook 360 Plus tablet. This is never more evident than when you see someone trying to play Doom on one of these E-ink tablets. The game is nearly unplayable due to slow screen updating but it is still interesting to see in action.

#3- Doom for the Commodore Vic-20


We covered this one here already but it is still a unique release that is worthy of being in this collection. The colors are all off and the play area is smaller than that of the 3DO port of Doom but the idea is still there. This is still Doom in a “it is like Doom kind of way” that Tiger Electronics old handhelds were similar to their source material.

#4- Doom Running on an Android Wear Watch


Remember in the early 2000’s to late 2000’s where cell phones were going for smaller and smaller displays? Remember how we got out of that and now have “phablets”? Well, these watch things are taking us back to those days of just a decade or ago, and well, things are not all that much better now. There is one cool thing about these Android Wear watch things and that is you can play Doom on them. Not sure why you would want to but well, it exists and it is apparently “somewhat” playable. If you think playing action games on a 3”+ cell phone screen is tough, just try Doom on a little watch screen.

#5- Doom on an LED Billboard


Since #4 was about something smaller than conceivably playable, why not end this with something inconceivably large? These LED digital billboards are popping up everywhere, they are essentially television sets that are only showing static images (some have very little animation). The video shows a guy playing Doom on one of those giant billboards, as you can see in the video, it is not exactly perfect video quality (he is really close) but it is still Doom and if set far enough away, the quality would improve because our eyes would adjust. Still a really cool way to play Doom.
There you go, do you have a new place to play Doom that we should feature in a future article? We are all ears, just let us know via the handy contact link at the top of the page or in the comments below. We do read every piece of contact we get and try our best to respond in a timely manner.

Our Today in History on Doom is available here.

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Shenmue Gaiden is a Digital Comic of Love by Fans

In our second issue of RGM we featured several “digital comics”, think Snatcher and you will have a good idea of what they are.  The reason I bring that up in this article is because there is a new Shenmue digital comic developed by two fans.  Shenmue Gaiden is not a canon title but a side story (Gaiden is, loosely, Japanese for “side story”).  The story is told through static images sometimes with animation and video clips while you traverse the game world through selecting menu options that become available based on what you are doing.  The style is pretty simple but can be quite engrossing if done right (not many have used this right).  Remember, this is a fan game, not an official title to be confused with the recent Kickstarter success.

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Mortal Kombat Netherrealm Journey on Atari 2600 Work in Progress

Everyone that is reading this knows that Mortal Kombat never saw release on the Atari 2600.  If you didn’t, now you do.  That has not stopped indie developer and Atari Age forum member, Facemeat, from creating an action adventure title set in the Mortal Kombat world for the classic Atari console.  Mortal Kombat Netherrealm Journey is a 2D side scrolling action adventure that is actually pretty good considering the limitations of the platform.  Think Mortal Kombat meets Pitfall and you will be pretty close to what you will get in Netherrealm Journey.

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5 Best Re-Imagining of Retro Games Using Unreal Engine 4

There are plenty of enterprising gamers out there that are willing to go the extra mile to do what others don’t even dream of doing. One instance of this occurrence is the “re-imagining” of class, retro, games such as Mario, Sonic, Zelda, etc. These are beloved games (even if their more current iterations leave something to be desired) and fans are not quite ready to accept the current builds as “the end all be all” for these, and other series. Here are a handful of some of the more interesting Unreal Engine 4 re-imaginings by fans. Keep in mind these are not official and will probably never be fleshed out to be more than what they are at the moment (those pesky lawyers tend to get involved around this point).

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New SD Card Interface for Commodore Amiga Work in Progress

It is growing trend to see SD card adapters for classic retrogaming hardware such as the Sega Saturn and the original Playstation (or Playstation One, just for fun).  Soon we will be able to add the Commodore Amiga to this list of classic retro gaming hardware that has an SD card adapter available.  Right now it is a work in progress but it is certainly working as evidenced in the video below.

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Target Tuesday: NFL GameDay 99

Neither Retro Gaming Magazine nor any member of our staff is associated with the Target chain of retail outlets. Michael just thinks this particular series of ads from the 90’s featuring “Respected coach and video gameologist Tom ‘The Thumb’ Blake” which ran in GamePro magazine was amusing. Thus we’re going to feature one every Tuesday for your viewing pleasure in an effort to put more smiles on more faces. This week’s game is NFL GameDay 99 for the PlayStation. Come back next week for a new ad featuring a different game, and a new tip from Tom!

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Solve the Grandfather Paradox in Doom within Doom Mod

Okay, this is a rather funny/unique mod to be writing about, especially after the announcement that a “selfie stick” was added to id Software’s classic Doom title.  This is basically the game of Doom being played in the game of Doom and it is also possibly answering the Grandfather paradox once and for all.

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Isometric Style Gameplay is Alive in Lumo Coming to Steam

Remember the good old days of isometric titles like Solstice and Q*Bert and Equinox?  Remember the frustration that you felt while playing Marble Madness or Snake Rattle and Roll?  Get ready for some of those things to make a return in Lumo.  Lumo is a new isometric title coming to Steam (Windows, Mac and Linux platforms).  What is unique about Lumo is that it uses the power of modern computers to really crank up the graphics and challenges you will face.

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Take Your Commodore 64 On-Line with Upcoming Wi-Fi Cartridge

The Commodore 64 featured a lifespan that was somewhat unique, especially considering how popular it was (and remains to be).  Particularly, it missed the Internet (as we know it) and it missed “affordable” Wi-Fi options that we enjoy today.  Those things have not stopped independent developers from creating a Wi-Fi cartridge for the little Commodore computer.  The speeds are standard in comparison to commercially available at the time hardware and there are a few more steps than simply plugging it in and linking to your network.

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